Trucking COVID-related supplies drops 50% under special waiver Trucking COVID related supplies drops 50 under special waiver

Trucking COVID-related supplies drops 50% under special waiver

New federal data reveals that COVID-19 supplies, such as vaccine tests, masks and related medical equipment, hauled under the emergency trucking hours-of-service (HOS) waiver, have dropped by approximately 50% over nine months ending in July. The new data, compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, also shows that livestock and groceries — namely food …

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UPS fails in second shot at bypassing driver-trainer rules UPS fails in second shot at bypassing driver trainer rules

UPS fails in second shot at bypassing driver-trainer rules

Federal regulators remain unconvinced that UPS (NYSE: UPS) can maintain safety standards if the company were to be exempted from certain provisions included in new driver-training rules. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for the second time has denied a request by UPS that the company not need to adhere to a requirement that training …

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BLS data indicates truck transportation employment growth may be slowing BLS data indicates truck transportation employment growth may be slowing

BLS data indicates truck transportation employment growth may be slowing

With the Bureau of Labor Statistics data showing a small gain of 800 truck transportation jobs in August, there are some signs that the hiring spree in trucking may be losing steam. With one exception, every month since the first big pandemic-related drop in employment has seen the number of workers in the truck transportation …

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Michigan trucking company seeks work-rule exemption for food products Michigan trucking company seeks work rule exemption for food products

Michigan trucking company seeks work-rule exemption for food products

Federal regulators will consider a temporary exemption from driver work rules to help a small-business trucking company provide emergency relief to customers threatened by shutdowns. Holland, Michigan-based Flat Top Transport, which specializes in hauling food-grade dry bulk products in pneumatic tank trucks, applied in July for the four-month hours-of-service (HOS) exemption from the Federal Motor …

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AB5 law at heart of Universal-Teamsters labor deal in Southern California AB5 law at heart of Universal Teamsters labor deal in Southern

AB5 law at heart of Universal-Teamsters labor deal in Southern California

A lengthy unionization battle in Southern California involving Universal Logistics has ended with what backers of the AB5 law on independent contractors said they want to see in the state’s trucking sector — a new batch of Teamsters union members. In a deal that involved the National Labor Relations Board refereeing the dispute, Universal (NASDAQ: …

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FMCSA extends 50-state hours-of-service waiver through Oct. 15 FMCSA extends 50 state hours of service waiver through Oct 15

FMCSA extends 50-state hours-of-service waiver through Oct. 15

A 50-state waiver that has provided work-rule flexibility for commercial truck drivers and carriers for over 29 months will remain in place for another six weeks. The emergency declaration first issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on March 13, 2020, and set to expire Wednesday has been extended through Oct. 15, according to …

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Loomis Express workers call off strike, reach tentative deal Loomis Express workers call off strike reach tentative deal

Loomis Express workers call off strike, reach tentative deal

The union representing almost 1,500 Loomis Express workers in Canada said it has avoided a strike and reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with the logistics provider’s parent company, TransForce International. The strike, which was set to begin at noon on Wednesday, would have affected company facilities across eight Canadian provinces.  “This tentative …

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Drivers leasing trucks through Pathway again ruled independent contractors Drivers leasing trucks through Pathway again ruled independent contractors

Drivers leasing trucks through Pathway again ruled independent contractors

A lower-court ruling that a group of drivers who were leasing their trucks from Pathway Leasing were not employees but rather independent contractors has been affirmed by an appellate court. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Denver where Pathway is located, upheld the lower-court ruling that dates back to a six-day bench …

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Lower court formally lifts injunction against AB5 in California trucking Lower court formally lifts injunction against AB5 in California trucking

Lower court formally lifts injunction against AB5 in California trucking

The injunction that kept California’s independent contractor law, AB5, out of the state’s trucking sector is officially dead. In a hearing Monday, according to a statement released by trucking-focused law firm Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, Federal District Court Judge Robert Benitez formally lifted the injunction that had been in effect since New Year’s …

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Pilot Bringing Autonomous Truck Services to Truck Stops Pilot Bringing Autonomous Truck Services to Truck Stops

Pilot Bringing Autonomous Truck Services to Truck Stops

Pilot Company has announced a strategic partnership with Kodiak Robotics, an autonomous truck tech firm. Through the partnership, Pilot and Kodiak are collaborating to develop autonomous truck services at Pilot and Flying J travel centers. Pilot and Kodiak are in the process of creating an “autonomous truckport” in the Atlanta area to evaluate potential service …

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